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Zambia’s information minister tests positive for Covid-19

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Zambia is one of southern Africa’s most impacted nations of the novel coronavirus despite being way behind continent leader South Africa.

A lockdown was imposed by President Edgar Lungu and has since been relaxed following a continent-wide trend. This article will focus on major developments coming from the southern African country.

Information Minister and chief government spokesperson, Dora Siliya, confirmed testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. In a video posted on Twitter, she said she had gone into immediate self-isolation despite being asymptomatic.

“I have since alerted the ministry of health and I have given them all my contacts especially in the last 10 days,” she added. “Let us continue to observe social distancing, masking and washing our hands regularly,” she advised.

The World Health Organization’s Africa head reacting to the news today congratulated the Minister for being open about her status and wished her speedy recovery.

Over in South Sudan, the first vice-president and a number of ministers had earlier this week tested positive for the virus. Over in Nigeria three state governors have recovered from the virus – those in question are governors of Oyo, Kaduna and Bauchi.

Confirmed cases = 920

Deaths = 7

Recoveries = 336

Active cases = 577

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